Meditation benefits and techniques – my experience
Couple of days ago I’ve stumbled across interesting post on the blog of David Wood. It was called “How to manage your energy when you have to work all day”. The post was great (as everything David Wood does), but one specific point caught my attention – “You can reset the neurotransmitters in your brain in two ways. You need 8 hours of sleep, or 15-25 minutes of proper meditation.”
Now that’s new! As I work a lot and get up early every day, I’m constantly tired and that fact really intrigued me. I wouldn’t sleep at all, if I could, because I don’t want to sleep away my life! But unfortunately, reality is different. So I went on the internet and did some research about meditation. And turned out that meditation has literally hundred (at least!) benefits and they affect every area of your life – spiritual, health, mind & soul.
Some of the benefits that caught my interest are – higher skin resistance (!), lesser energy consumption, improved focus and productivity, improved learning ability and, finally, feeling of rejuvenation and vitality. These ones are great. For people who want to see the full list, please go here - http://www.ineedmotivation.com/blog/2008/05/100-benefits-of-meditation/
I found that 4 steps for proper meditation are very similar anywhere on the web, though there are some exceptions. These 4 steps are:
- Find a quiet, dark place without distractions
- Sit in a cross-legged position, and have your back straight
- Close your eyes and start taking notice of your breathing. Breath slowly through your nose and try to feel the air.
- Do this on a daily basis for 10-20 minutes.
Now I’ve seen some sources that recommend doing meditation with your eyes opened, which sounds weird to me. Also the steps below are meant for beginner, since experienced people use advanced breathing techniques, focus techniques, prayer, and more stuff that I just couldn’t comprehend, it all seems overwhelming for now. I decided to go ahead and try “simple” version today.
I also used music I found on youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wbC2n-9FKI
They say it allows you to get into deep meditation state faster. So I did my first meditation today and I can say that there is a lot to learn.. Sitting in a lotus pose is too tricky, it’s too much of a stretch, and I can’t hold it for more than 30-40 seconds, so I sat like a newbie, just with crossed legs. And that still causes discomfort over 10-15 minutes, legs tend to go numb, which is distracting from the meditation. Holding your back isn’t that easy as described, it tends to slouch forwards. I suppose it all comes naturally with practice.
Overall feeling is somewhat uplifted, but I can’t really expect results just from first try. Perhaps it’s a placebo effect, but it’s good anyways. Will continue doing this on a daily basis for at least 30 days to see the improvements.
Does anybody here meditate? Let me know how are you doing.